Amarillo, Texas (AP) — The last of the nation’s most powerful nuclear bombs — a weapon hundreds of times stronger than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima — is being disassembled nearly half a century after it was put into service at the height of the Cold War.
The final components of the B53 bomb will be broken down Tuesday at the Pantex Plant near Amarillo, the nation’s only nuclear weapons assembly and disassembly facility. The completion of the dismantling program is a year ahead of schedule, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration, and aligns with President Barack Obama’s goal of reducing the number of nuclear weapons.
Thomas D’Agostino, the nuclear administration’s chief, called the bomb’s elimination a “significant milestone”…
News to be welcomed indeed.
Since penning the post titled, “Yes, Steve Jobs, R.I.P., was an innovating genius. But…”, I’ve been interested in finding out a bit more about Jobs’ thoughts about or attitudes toward Christianity. This USA Today article about a new and detailed (650 pages) biography of Jobs written by Walter Isaacson contains this little nugget:
The book begins with a portrait of the young Jobs, who was rebellious toward the parents who raised him and dismissive of the ones who gave him up for adoption. Such feelings of abandonment probably contributed to Jobs’ controlling nature as an adult, Isaacson writes, but he mercifully does not psychoanalyze in the book.
Jobs fell out with Christianity early in life. “The juice goes out of Christianity when it becomes too based on faith rather than on living like Jesus or seeing the world as Jesus saw it,” he told Isaacson. “I think different religions are different doors to the same house. Sometimes I think the house exists, and sometimes I don’t. It’s the great mystery.”
It’s hardly surprising that Jobs apparently embraced the tired “all paths are equal and lead to the same place, etc.” approach that came into its own when he was in his youth. The comment about Jesus and faith is more interesting to me because it suggests that Jobs wasn’t well acquainted with what Jesus actually said about faith; my guess is that he (raised Lutheran) suffered through rotten catechesis (as did many Catholics) as a child. Whatever the case, it seems he didn’t know that the person and message of Jesus were intimately bound up with the necessity and reality of faith…
The rest can be read at Ignatius Insight Scoop here.
St Paul’s Cathedral may be closed over Christmas. The question is: will it really matter, even to Anglicans?
It’s William Oddie in the Catholic Herald:
Anglican cathedrals aren’t the centre of their dioceses: and the St Paul’s clergy don’t all believe in Christmas…
Do give it a read here.